I'd just about kill to have a Payard pale lemon Voyageur bags. You can get one stuffed with goodies at the Payard Bistro on 1032 Lexington Avenue.
I met François over 10 years ago while shooting food events at the James Beard House. Back then I also made "portrait business" cards, many of them for pastry chefs, the most visual and artistic chefs in the food industry.
I used to drop off the event photos in person at Restaurant Daniel and François would give me all kinds of delicious snacks. It's called multi-tasking :)
François is Niçoise and a 3rd generation pastry chef. He grew up in his grandfather's classic pâtisserie, Au Nid des Friandises on the Riviera. In 1988 he went to Paris and became pastry chef at La Tour d’Argent and then Lucas Carton. A great C.V. to come to New York and work first at Le Bernardin and later Restaurant Daniel. In 1997 he opened his own pâtisserie and bistro. I remember the opening...
Payard Macarons and Cherries, 2006, watercolor, 9" x 12"
Payard's macarons are made fresh daily. The pretty pastel flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Pistachio, Raspberry, Lemon, and Coconut. You can get some very nice gelato here too.